When the Gods smiled at him, he cried. The warrior won his battle and the sheer happiness of it all brought him to his knees and tears to his eyes. Had he actually done it after all those attempts? Yes, he had. As Roger Federer wept after his miraculous win against Robin Soderling in the French Open, there were not many dry eyes in the stadium.
Federer played hard to compete against game and finished a 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 victory in one hour and 55 minutes. With one of the worst weathers, occasional rain and a crazy fan, Federer had more of a challenge ahead but conquered it with more aplomb than imagined. Without Nadal, it was an opportunity Federer saw like a silver lining after his dark day.
This twenty nine year old Swiss professional had held the rank of world’s number one player for a record breaking 237 weeks and is considered to be one of the best players of his generation. This French Open winner is a first time champion of this coveted title and worked with single minded devotion and hard work to achieve it.
Four time winner of the Laureus world sportsman of the year award, he had been losing for three consecutive years against his long standing rival Rafael Nadal. Their competition has been such that it would definitely reserve a chapter in the history of sports. Both players are of outstanding stature and their work has been so splendid that it definitely talks for itself.
This six feet one inch tall sportsman has been in the game since the very age of six. He grew up idolizing Boris Becker and Stefan Edbarg. He has many laurels to his name. He won his Olympic Gold Medal in 2008 and has many more medals added to the same. He was chosen to train at the prestigious Swiss National Tennis Center at Ecublens at the age of fourteen. During his final year as a junior, Federer won the junior Wimbledon title and the esteemed year-ending Orange Bowl in 1998. In the subsequent year he made an entry for the Swiss Davis Cup team against Italy and finished the year as the youngest player (for the year) inside Association of Tennis Professionals top 100 ranking.
He is only the sixth male player to achieve a career grand slam. After his great victory he now equals the all time record with Pete Sampras. He has won 5 Wimbledon and 5 US Opens. No simple feat.
For those who wish to know him better, he plays with a customized Wilson (K) Factor (K) Six-One Tour 90 tennis racquet. His grip size is 4 3/8″ (L3). He is right handed and loves his playstation. This sportsman enjoys golf, soccer and skiing too.
Using his popularity for a good cause came easily to Federer as he setup the Roger Federer Foundation for fulfilling the dreams of those kids who don’t have the means to do so themselves. The organization prides itself on its commitment to the kids and wishes to uplift them to greater heights.
The brown eyed man is changing history in more ways than one.